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John Clayton Elementary School was one of eight buildings on lockdown Wednesday morning. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/leecannon/8785465775/">Lee Cannon</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
John Clayton Elementary School was one of eight buildings on lockdown Wednesday morning. Photo: Lee Cannon, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Gun scare causes lockdown at Indian River schools

Parents, teachers, and students at a Jefferson County school district had a frightening morning when schools were locked down following a threatening phone call.

According to the Watertown Daily Times, administrators from the Indian River School District in Philadelphia, New York called 9-1-1 Wednesday morning. They said they received a tip that an upset gunman was en route to Evan Mills Primary or another nearby school.  Go to full article

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CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton, including the 24 East Main Bed & Breakfast (green house). Photo: David Sommerstein.
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton, including the 24 East Main Bed & Breakfast (green house). Photo: David Sommerstein.

Canton officials still have doubts over train speed increase

Yesterday, we heard about the efforts to rebuild the Quebec town of Lac Megantic, after a train explosion destroyed much of the village. That horrible accident makes any town with a railroad ask: could it happen here?

Last January, CSX announced it was upgrading a rail crossing in Canton so its trains could go faster through the village - from 25 to up to 40 miles per hour. The company says the change will speed up commerce on the line but will not compromise safety.

Local officials met last week with CSX over safety concerns. As David Sommerstein reports, the meeting opened up dialogue but didn't answer all the questions.  Go to full article
Federal officials in the US have raised concerns about the type of tanker car that erupted in Lac Megantic since at least 1991.  Photo: Brian Mann
Federal officials in the US have raised concerns about the type of tanker car that erupted in Lac Megantic since at least 1991. Photo: Brian Mann

Train tanker cars that exploded in Lac Megantic "inadequate"

It's been nearly three months since an American-operated tanker train derailed and exploded in the town of Lac Megantic in eastern Quebec. The Montreal-Maine and Atlantic train was carrying a cargo of crude oil and other chemicals from oil fields in North Dakota. The massive explosions that followed killed forty-seven people.

In the weeks after the disaster, it has become clear that the clean-up and recovery effort in Lac-Megantic will be far more costly and challenging than once believed. Also, investigators in the US and Canada now acknowledge that there were deep concerns about the safety of the tanker cars used by the railroad.

Those fears first surfaced decades before this deadly accident occurred. Brian Mann has our special report.  Go to full article

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Governor Cuomo unveils "Texting Zones" along NYS Thruway and highways. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9898755393/">Gov. Cuomo's office</a>
Governor Cuomo unveils "Texting Zones" along NYS Thruway and highways. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Thruway to add pull-offs for texting and calling

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state Thruway will offer more places to pull over and answer text messages or make cell phone calls, in an effort to prevent texting while driving.

The New York State Thruway will now have 91 official sites designated as texting and calling areas, as part of the ongoing campaign against texting while driving.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54450095@N05/8598246170/"> Intel Free Press</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Intel Free Press, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY toughens up on texting behind the wheel

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that creates new, stiffer penalties for teenaged and new drivers who text while they're driving. The law will now treat texting as seriously as speeding or reckless driving.

It takes effect today.  Go to full article
Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School
Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School

School leaders seek answers on bomb hoaxes

The Newtown shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings have left all of America asking questions about security. But schools have been particularly on edge.

Another bomb hoax caused an early dismissal at Norwood-Norfolk central schools on Tuesday, according to NorthCountryNow.com. It's the third in recent weeks at the school. A fake bomb threat forced the evacuation of Madrid-Waddington schools last week.

In St. Lawrence County, there have been at least half a dozen bomb hoaxes at schools in the last month. They've forced school leaders to walk a tightrope between safety and maintaining a normal school day.  Go to full article
Jerry Lottie demonstrates a response. Photo: Sarah Harris
Jerry Lottie demonstrates a response. Photo: Sarah Harris

SUNY Plattsburgh police train to respond to a shooter

In the wake of last month's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, colleges and schools are re-thinking their security procedures. At SUNY Plattsburgh, officers are learning how to respond to a shooter.  Go to full article

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